We Can Be Heroes: A Survivor's Story
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About the Author
Paul Burston is curator and host of award-winning LGBTQ+ literary salon Polari and founder of the Polari Prize book awards for LGBTQ+ writers, based at the British Library. In 2016, he featured in the British Council's Global List of '33 visionary people promoting freedom, equality and LGBT rights around the world'. A Rainbow List National Treasure and former AIDS activist with ACT UP London, he is one of the subjects of Alexis Gregory's critically acclaimed verbatim play Riot Act.
Paul's writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Sunday Times and many other publications. He has also written and presented documentaries for Channel 4 and is a regular contributor to TV and radio. Paul Burston is the author of six novels and five non-fiction books and the editor of two short-story collections.
"A compelling and hugely enjoyable memoir about a fearless life lived to the full." --Bernardine Evaristo, author of the Booker Prize winning Girl, Woman, Other
"This memoir is brutally honest...Wonderful!" --Russell T. Davies
"We Can Be Heroes is a book that speaks to us all: a gripping, courageous, compassionate memoir which, like Paul's hero David Bowie, takes us by the hand and reminds us that we're not alone." --Nicholas Pegg, author of The Complete David Bowie
"Incredible." --Erin Kelly, author of The Skeleton Key
"Paul Burston has been there through years of gay history and struggle, often right on the very front line fighting... It's a gorgeous memoir. I cannot recommend it highly enough." --Juno Roche, writer and campaigner
"A brutally honest, unflinching memoir and eye witness account of the most important time in gay British history, from someone who not only lived and survived it, but who helped to shape it. Indispensable." --John Marrs, author of What Lies Between Us
"Illuminating, engrossing and electrifying." --Matt Cain, author of The Madonna of Bolton
"I'm inspired, moved, reminded, held, enraged, and consumed with a strange joy. Just remarkable." --Joelle Taylor, poet, playwright, and author
"We stand on the shoulders of giants, those who fought for our rights today. One of those giants is Paul Burston...I loved We Can Be Heroes. What a treat." --Jonathan Harvey, actor and playwright